2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Overview


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Avg. Price: $7,074
i Touring
Avg. Price: $7,350
Avg. Price: $7,502
s Grand Touring
Avg. Price: $7,445
s Grand Touring Hatchback
Avg. Price: $8,358
s Hatchback
Avg. Price: $8,112
s Touring
Avg. Price: $7,463
s Touring Hatchback
Avg. Price: $8,048

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Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 65 reviews

If You Want Fun And Fuel Efficient, Get This Car! by Taylor
 — Mine has the Velocity Red which is a Japanese color only. The steering is so tight it feels like it rides on rails. I can even efficiently maneuver on gravel roads without fear of losing control. I... Read More
Fun Everyday Car. by Ryan
 — This Mazda has been our reliable companion since my Sentra was totaled. I bought it because it was the most stylish, best performing car I could afford brand new. After about 55,000 miles, the only re... Read More
Efficient Use Of The Planets Resources And Man's Auto Technologies by Essais
 — Replaced a 2000 Passat with 2006 M3. Liked it so much, my wife wanted a 2007 M3. Now at 70k miles and 85k miles respectively (I drive less often). Both are 5-speed manual for fun; both are mileage ... Read More

2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Overview

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3

Mazda's compact, sporty, front-wheel-drive MAZDA3 was available in both sedan and hatchback (wagon) versions for 2006. Entry-level models received a small bump in power, while a new 5-speed automatic was available as an option on higher-end models. In addition, new Grand Touring trim packages were added to the MAZDA3 lineup.

Standard power for the MAZDA3 i trim packages was a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, which received variable valve timing for 2006, bumping horsepower to 150 (from 178 hp the previous year).

The higher-end s trim packages received a 160-horsepower, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual was standard across the line, while a 4-speed automatic was optional for the i trim packages and a new 5-speed automatic was an option for s versions.

The list of standard features for the MAZDA3 was extensive and included air conditioning, dual airbags, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, CD player, 4-wheel independent suspension and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. The s trim packages added power windows, power door locks and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, while the Grand Touring packages added leather seats and a trip computer, among other features.

Drivers like the MAZDA3's handling, comfort, styling and roominess (for a small car), as well as its long list of features. The air conditioning was considered one of the car's weak spots.


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